Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Alanah McGinley on 04/22/11 at 04:58 PM ET
From Yvonne Marton at Wheels.ca:
As a teen, he says he was shooting for the Olympics (he ultimately won silver at the 2010 Games) and “still had the dream to play pro hockey.” But his immediate goal was to get a college scholarship. Attending college would be a family first.
With the auto industry in decline, well-paying jobs with GM were scarce (made famous in Michael Moore’s 1989 documentary Roger and Me, which illustrated the impact of GM’s plant closures and subsequent job losses on Flint).
“Unless you had somebody who was in the union leadership, you weren’t getting in so that was never a goal of mine. And I didn’t know if I was going to end up a car salesman, because my dad was in it and my uncles were in it,” Thomas says.
“Actually, I wanted to go to college so bad because I didn’t want to be a car salesman and that was really the only option that you could see from Flint, Mich.”
And a scholarship was the only way Thomas said he could afford to go to college: money was tight. In addition to buying and reselling cars, he also pitched products door-to-door; exhibiting a lot of initiative for a teenage boy.
continued… with some hockey, some automobile talk
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